Good news for those in spotty signal areas and looking for a rapid 4G launch -- O2 and Vodafone have gotten all friendly and struck a deal to share mobile sites, bringing the total available to both networks to 18,500, increasing coverage and speeding up 4G network deployment.
Don't get to thinking this is another Everything Everywhere though -- O2 and Vodafone will still be competitors with separate networks, but they're pooling their resources in building the sites that host each network's towers; one grid, two networks. That way more of the sites can be built or upgraded quicker for each network to broadcast their own network frequencies should that be 3G or 4G signal.
Hopefully it should mean better mobile signal for the majority of us, plus when the 4G auction finally goes ahead and the networks are given the go ahead to set up 4G LTE networks, the whole thing should get done a lot faster. All this still has to get by Ofcom before its put in place, of course.
While this won't make any immediate difference to Joe Bloggs on the street, it should help coverage eventually, and hopefully help speed our dragging 4G roll-out across the nation. [O2]
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